Friday, September 22, 2006

Annie Moore details

More details are now available about the life of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to Ellis Island in 1892.

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak has posted a note with links to three Irish Echo Online news stories which provide a lot of information about the research and Annie's family.

Sharon Elliott at her Back-Track blog has posted a number of documents critical to the search - 1900, 1920 and 1930 census records, brother Philip's and husband Joseph Schayer's WWI draft registration card, and death records for Annie's parents. Sharon has organized the data she found at her web site here. Check out all of the links. Sharon does a wonderful job of organizing information.

The pieces of evidence I haven't seen so far, either through Megan and the newspaper articles, or on Sharon's site, are Anthony Moore's death record, the marriage record for Annie Moore, Philip Moore's naturalization record, and Annie's cemetery records.

I hope that Megan turns this into a magazine article and a conference presentation - mainly because it is such a remarkable research and human interest story that captured the interest of the genealogy community.

I am going to use the Annie Moore case as a research problem for our CVGS Research Group meeting on next Wednesday. It is classic! I will give the basic known facts, then have the group determine what records should be searched for. It should be interesting.

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